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STRIKE: Take a lesson from Wisconsin

Letter by Matthew Philichi, Gig Harbor on Sep. 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm | 37 Comments »
September 19, 2011 1:09 pm

On Sept. 15, Washington state’s chief economist said that “the economic outlook continues to worsen.” He then said that state tax revenues could come in as much as $1.4 billion lower than expected.

Wouldn’t it have been nice if our state’s leaders had taken the actions that Wisconsin did last February? Yes, they took a lot of heat. However, now the state of Wisconsin is running a surplus. Their children are in class where they belong.

Here in Tacoma, our school district is grappling over issues like when they can fire or transfer a teacher.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin knew that to get through these hard times, state supervisors would need all of the flexibility that they could muster. The Tacoma teachers are trying to strap the district into little to no flexibility.

I have an idea. How about if we just make this simple? Any teachers who break the law lose their job. Currently they are breaking the law. Principals could interview and hire new teachers this week. School could start next week. End of subject.

Yes, there would be whining and yelling and sit-ins. Yet, look at Wisconsin and look at us. All the commotion there was well worth it.

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